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On this form we will ask you to confirm that you were under 18 when the abuse happened, so that we know your experience is within the Terms of Reference of the Inquiry. You will then be asked to provide one or more ways for us to contact you about how you'd like to get involved in the Truth Project.

Please note: Using the back button on your browser will clear all information you add to the form.

Did you experience sexual abuse when you were under 18 years of age?

This form is for people who have experienced child sexual abuse. If you wish to share other information with the Inquiry, you can use our contact us page.

However, if you are completing this form on behalf of someone else or sharing someone else's experience, go back to the previous page, select 'Yes' and complete the form accordingly.

Contact details

We hope you will share your experience with the Inquiry. We will contact you by your preferred method to tell you about the Truth Project and how you can get involved. We will need a name and at least one of the four methods in order to get in contact.

Please fill in the 'Name' field and at least one of the 'Address', 'Email', 'Mobile Phone' or 'Landline' fields.

Please be aware that you will need to sign for any post that you receive from us, to help keep your personal information private.

What prompted you to contact us today? It would be really helpful if you would let us know. You don't have to answer this question if you'd prefer not to.

Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference describe the practice, purpose and scope of the Inquiry.

The main job of the Inquiry is:

  • to consider the extent to which institutions have failed in their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation
  • to consider the extent to which those failings have since been addressed
  • to identify further action needed to address any failings identified
  • to consider the steps which it is necessary for institutions to take in order to protect children from such abuse in future
  • and to publish a report with recommendations.

To do this, the Inquiry will:

  • consider all the information which is available from the various published and unpublished reviews, court cases, and investigations which have so far concluded
  • consider the experience of survivors of child sexual abuse by providing opportunities for them to bear witness to the Inquiry
  • consider whether institutions failed to identify such abuse and/or whether there was an inappropriate response to allegations of child sexual abuse
  • advise on any further action needed to address any gaps within current child protection systems on the basis of the findings and lessons learnt from this inquiry

Full Terms of Reference